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Baseball Legend Tony Gwynn Dies of Cancer at 54

Tony Gwynn #19 of the San Diego Padres poses for a circa 1990s publicity photo. Gwynn spent his entire career with the Padres, from 1982-2001.
Tony Gwynn #19 of the San Diego Padres poses for a circa 1990s publicity photo. Gwynn spent his entire career with the Padres, from 1982-2001.Andy Hayt / MLB Photos via Getty Images

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This is terrible news: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died at 54.

Gwynn had been fighting cancer, which had first manifested itself as a malignant growth inside his right cheek, for four years. Gwynn attributed the cancer to years of smokeless tobacco use. Just yesterday, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com wrote this story about Gwynn, his son Tony Gwynn, Jr. and their relationship as Gwynn battled cancer. Gwynn Jr. said it had gotten tougher of late, and that his father’s condition had deteriorated.

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